About Your PTO

Fireside Elementary PTO operates independently of PVUSD. Fireside Elementary PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization.

 

 

Last updated July 2014

What is the PTO?

PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. Fireside Elementary PTO was established to provide support and assistance to families and staff. PTO’s goal is to build community and organize many family activities and fundraisers to support programs that would not be offered at Fireside without PTO’s efforts.

How can I become a member of the PTO?

As a parent or guardian of a child at Fireside, you are automatically a PTO member! It does not get any easier than that. We know you will be proud to be part of this great organization.

In what ways does the PTO help the school?

Each year, the PTO has a variety of fundraisers and the proceeds are put directly to use for enhancements to the classrooms, curriculum, and school grounds that otherwise would not be possible. Such programs include: Accelerated Reader, Art Masterpiece, Junior Achievement, PBIS, Enrichment money for each class, library books, field trips, building and grounds enhancements, classroom supplies, recreation items for recess, staff training, and funding for subs.

How does PTO raise money to help the school?

PTO fundraising dollars directly impact the students and the education seen at Fireside Elementary everyday in ways that would not otherwise be possible without the commitment and generosity of our entire community. Programs funded solely by PTO each year are: Accelerated Reader, Junior Achievement, Art Masterpiece, and Student Enrichment. Other programs receive significant funding such as the library, teacher supplies, physical education, professional development, PBIS*, STEM*, and general fund programs all directly affecting students and the quality of education they receive.

We kick off the school year with our Sponsorship Campaign where corporate and patron (individual) sponsors are invited to support the school through cash or in-kind donations and in receipt donors receive various acknowledgements for their business or individual throughout the course of the school year. The goal for our fundraising efforts is to raise the maximum amount of money for the PTO, while keeping our expenses to a minimum. Our very generous corporate and patron sponsors enable us to realize these goals.

For this coming school year our budget will be supported by some all-school FUNdraisers. The Mustang Money Annual Pledge Drive Campaign, and a new Winter Carnival. Other fundraisers and events that support the PTO include the Ice Cream Social, BINGO Night, and Movie Night.

There are other fun occasions that support our sense of community and procure funds for the PTO at the same time. We look to events like these to generate monies including: Before & After School Treats, Family Night Outs, Scholastic Book Fair, and the Yearbook to capture all the memories of a magnificent school year!

The PTO Executive Board is very excited for the school year we have planned and are looking to each and every family for your involvement. If you have ideas for future fundraising campaigns or events, please let us know.

*Positive Behavior Intervention and Support System
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

How can I find out what the PTO is up to?

PTO is always working to keep you up to date on all of our events, programs, and fundraisers. Be sure to check the various communication outlets below to make sure you’re not missing anything!

Who can attend a PTO meeting?

Everyone is welcome to attend. PTO meetings are a great mix of administration, teachers, parents, and community leaders. We would love to have you attend and share your great ideas. Meetings are held once a month, at 6:00pm in the media center. Check out all of our upcoming meetings.

How can I find out what has happened at a PTO meeting that I did not attend?

Minutes from each meeting are posted on our website.

Can I review the PTO budget?

COMING SOON!

How can I volunteer for PTO committees?

A volunteer form goes out to each family at the start of the school so you are able to tell us your area of interest to serve. You provide us with where you would like to volunteer and your availability. We will take that information and pass it on to the Chair of the event so they are able to reach out to their volunteer team. A description of the different events is available on our website. Help is always welcomed and encouraged, no matter if an hour is all the time you can offer!

How can I become a PTO Board Member?

During the March PTO meeting parents elect Board Members for the upcoming year. President and Treasurer are voted on at the February meeting so that they have time to shadow the current officer. Open positions are always posted in advance. If you want additional information about a position before deciding if it is for you, we are happy to help.